With love
We gather together
To remember our dear Brother in the Lord
And to grieve our loss in his passing

William Paul Evanko
April 27, 1943 – July 27, 2003

A Life Redeemed

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:1, 17, 20–21

Memorial Service Honoring

Hymns I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  It Is Well With My Soul
Welcome John Aydelott
Remembering Bill Marcus Groffman
  Eric Baker
  Wade Freshour
Musical Testimony Face Down in the Snow
“What is Your Life?” John Aydelott
Sharing Memories Wade Freshour
A time to share your thoughts and memories of Bill  
Hymn Amazing Grace

Spaghetti dinner will be served following the service in the fellowship hall located downstairs.

A website has been established in memory of Bill.
Please view and contribute to the site at www.BillEvanko.com.

Face Down in the Snow © Tom Westbay

Three a.m., January; Bitter cold.
Three friends walking on their way home.
Up ahead laying face down in the snow,
They found the body of a man.
Standing there being bitten by the wind
Confronted by a reality so grim
They turned him over just to find he was their friend
To their surprise he was alive.

And I have seen many times where God has intervened
Purely at the request of loved ones on their knees
Loved ones on their knees

Is this my life or is there more or is this all?
Again he asks the mirror on the wall
In his reflection he sees a man quite young
And wonders why he feels so old
And how many times had he heard?
And how many more before he’d learn
That Jesus is the only way?
But again he turned away. He turned away.

Cleaned up his act, did all the world said he should
To straighten up and get it right and start his life anew
But the wisdom of the world it isn’t always what it seems
Deep inside his heart an empty hole.
Where were all the differences these changes should have made
The emptiness was getting to be more than he could take
And he reached a point where he could no longer look you in the eyes.
He fought the urge to end it all.


Out came a flood of tears he could no longer hide.
Tormented by thoughts of hell and suicide
Afraid to live and scared to death to die the fight goes on for his soul.
Oh and how many times had he heard,
And how many more before he’d learn that Jesus is the only way?
This time he prayed. He knelt and prayed.
And he was saved! He was SAVED!

And I have seen many times when God has intervened
Purely at the request of loved ones on their knees
And Jesus is here now offering you his hand
And he’ll save you, too, I know because I was the man
Face down in the snow